The Deep South Soundscape

The Deep South Soundscape

The selector explores the Deep South Soundscape. This collection of tracks puts on display the sounds of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. It is from these lands that gospel from the churches and work songs from the cotton fields and prison gangs gave birth to the blues. Soul, country, rockabilly, and rock and roll emerged from this milieu. The heart-felt music spills from the landscape and from its diverse people. Check out these playlists by clicking on the links below:

Volume 1: Texas Blues

Volume 2: Louisiana Rhythm and Blues

Volume 3:Mississippi Delta Blues

Volume 4: The Music of Alabama

           Part 1: The Muscle Shoals Story

           Part 2: Sweet Home Alabama

Volume 5: Georgia On My Mind

Volume 6: Deep South Country

Volume 7: The Dirty South

The Deep South Soundscape

Top Ranking Albums of November 2011

1. Mac MillerBlue Side Park [Rostrum Records 2011]

2. Various ArtistsStrictly the Best, Volume 45 [VP Records 2011]

3. The Black KeysEl Camino [Nonesuch 2011]

4. Willie NelsonRemember Me, Vol. 1 [R&J Records 2011]

5. The GourdsOld Mad Joy [Vanguard 2011]

6. The RootsUndun [Def Jam 2011]

7. Amy WinehouseLioness: Hidden Treasures [Universal 2011]

8. Various ArtistsStrictly the Best, Vol. 44 [VP Records 2011]

9. BazilStand Up Strong [Tiger Records 2011]

10. Omar PerryThe Journey [Bonfire.Pr 2011]

11. Ray BonnevilleBad Man’s Blood [Red House Records 2011]

12. Derajah – Paris Is Burning [Chapter Two Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of November 2011

Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Graham Wilkinson – Focus

Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Buju BantonJah Army

Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round

Emmylou Harris – My Name Is Emmett Till

Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyWanted (Just Ain’t The Same)

Bright EyesOne For You, One For Me

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

GyptianDuggu Duggu

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Feel So Good

Richie SpiceMy Life

Paul Simon Getting Ready For Christmas

Alborosie & Junior ReidRespect

Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance

Iron & Wine – Tree By The River

Third World, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley96 Degrees 

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down

Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, and Josey Wales – Sweet Jamaica

The Uprising Roots Band – Steamers

Mac MillerParty On Fifth Ave

Richie Spice – Soothing Sound 

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo-Yo MaAttaboy

Sanchez – El Paso

The Decemberists – Down By The Water

Courtney John – Everyday

The Beastie Boys & Santigold – Don’t Play No Games

Cham – Stronger

Bright Eyes – Firewall

I-Wayne – Pure As the Nile

The Decemberists – June Hymn

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Protoje – Take Control

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

Lil Wayne, Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes – Outro

Chino – Driving Me Insane

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait

Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear

Laza – One By One

Gillian Welch – Scarlet Town

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Waves on the Ocean

Alborosie – La Revolucion

Brian Wilson – Listen To Me

Assassin – How Mi Feel

James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Shaggy  & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Lyle Lovett – Well…Alright

Shabba Ranks – None Ah Dem

Wilco – I Might

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Smith Westerns – Weekend

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Das Racist – Booty in the Air

DeMarco – Love My Life

Tune-Yards – You Yes You

Richie Spice – Legal

Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes

Easy Star All Stars – Paid My Dues

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

Wiz Khalifa & Too Short – On My Level

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – So Long Honeybee, Goodbye

Stephen Marley – No Cigarette Smoking In My Room

Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Collie Buddz – Playback

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Gyptian – My Number One

The Decemberists – All Arise!

L.U.S.T. – Flowers on the Wall

Lil Wayne – How To Love

Romain Virgo – The System

Alexi Murdoch – Crinan Wood

Easy Star All Stars, Daddy Lion Chandell, & Junior Jazz – One Likkle Draw

Bright Eyes – A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)

Richie Spice – Father

YACHT – Dystopia

Alborosie & Giuseppe Tarantino – International Drama

Zooey Deschanel – It’s So Easy

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

The Decemberists – January Hymn

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Keep Your Hands of My Gal

Paul Simon – Love Is Eternal Sacred Light

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Coldplay – Paradise

Stephen Marley – Old Slaves

Gillian Welch – Hard Times

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Gillian Welch – Six White Horses

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

James Blake – Wilhelm Scream

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Robbie Robertson & Robert Randolph – How To Become Clairvoyant

Chino – God Nah Sleep (Rise and Fall Story)

Jeff Lynne – Words of Love

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Adele – Someone Like You

Alborosie – Ragamuffin

Paul Simon – The Afterlife

Stephen Marley – Freedom Time

Lil Wayne – President Carter

Vybz Kartel – Summertime

Alexander – In the Twilight

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Ziggy Marley & Heavy D – It

Paul Simon – Rewrite

Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark

Bounty Killer – Ready Fi Dem

Alexander – Truth

Snoop Dogg & T-Pain – Boom

Easy Star All Stars – Reggae Pension

Alexander – Awake My Body

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Black Baldy Stallion

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Wilco – Dawned On Me

Vybz Kartel – Whine (Wine)

Ringo Starr – Think It Over

Stephen Marley – Now I Know

Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, & Steve Winwood – Fear of Falling

The Beastie Boys & Nas – Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)

Easy Star All Stars – Don’t Stop the Music

Smith Westerns – Only One

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight

Alborosie – One Draw

Paul Simon – Love and Blessings

Stephen Marley – Break Us Apart

Das Racist – Relax

Richie Spice – Got To Make It

Wanda Jackson – You Know That I’m No Good

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Mavado – Peppa

Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Tune-Yards – Bizness

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson – Superman

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Weedwacker Rag

Shaggy & Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) – Feeling Alive

Alexander – Let’s Win

Alborosie – Camilla

Bright Eyes – Haile Selassie

Richie Spice – Serious Woman

Robert Earl Keen – Top Down

Stephen Marley – The Chapel

Alborosei & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Gillian Welch – The Way The Whole Thing Ends

Shaggy & Alaine – For Yur Eyez Only

Alexander – Let’s Make To Not Make A Deal

The Decemberists – Rise To Me

Etana – People Talk

Smith Westerns – Still New

Richie Spice – Confirmation

The Decemberists – Rox in the Box

Dr. Dre – Kush

Richie Spice – Mother of Creation

The Beastie Boys – Funky Donkey

Tune-Yards – Killa

Hayes Carll – Another Like You

Alborosie – Who You Think You Are

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Who Do Man

Hayes Carll – Hard Out Here

Richie Spice – Jah Never Let Us Down

Paul Simon – Questions For the Angels

Stephen Marley – She Knows Now

The Decemberists – Dear Avery

Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow

Jamelody – This Time

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo Yo Ma – Less Is Moi

Chipmunk – Every Gal

Wanda Jackson – Thunder On The Mountain

Etana – Crazy

The Beastie Boys – Here’s A Little Something For You

Beenie Man – Let’s Go

Tessanne Chin – Firework

Dr. Dre – I Need A Doctor

Alexander – A Million Years

Easy Star All Stars, Lady Ann, Tony Tuff, and the Meditations – Easy Now Star

Paul Simon – Dazzling Blue

Stephen Marley – False Friends

Alexander – Bad Bad Love

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

Harvey and Mista Brown – Hot Gyal

Robbie Robertson – Tango for Django

The Decemberists – Don’t Carry It All

Mavado – Final Destination

Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – River Rock Bottom

Thievery Corporation – Overstand

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot

I-Octane – Nuh Ramp Wid We


Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Top Ranking Albums of September 2011

The Spiritual Accessories EP
  1. Graham Wilkinson The Spiritual Accessories EP [Little Windmill Records 2011]
  2. Trombone ShortyFor True [Verve Forecast 2011]
  3. Various ArtistsO Brother, Where Art Thou? [Lost Highway 2011]
  4. SuperHeavySuper Heavy [Universal 2011]
  5. Preservation Jazz Hall Band and the Del McCoury Band –  American Legacies [McCoury Music 2011]
  6. Various Artists – Our Favorite Beres Hammond Songs [VP Records 2011]
  7. The Secret Sisters –  The Secret Sisters [Universal Records 2010]
  8. Bunny LeeDub Will Change Your Mind [King Spinna Records 2011]
  9. Aloe Blacc – Good Things [Stones Throw Records 2010]
  10. Various ArtistsListen To Me: Buddy Holly [Verve Forecast 2011]
  11. Augustus PabloThis Is Augustus Pablo [VP Records 2011]
  12. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2011 [VP Records 2011]
  13. WilcoThe Whole Love [dBPM Records 2011]
  14. James Blake and Bon IverFall Creek Boys Choir [Universal Records 2011]
  15. Tom WaitsBad As Me [Anti/Epitaph 2011]
  16. Olivia Tremor ControlThe Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [Cloud Recordings 2011]
  17. Theophilus LondonTimez Are Weird These Days [Warner Brothers 2011]
  18. St. Vincent Strange Mercy [4AD 2011]
  19. George StraitHere For A Good Time [MCA Nashville 2011]
  20. Zee AviGhostbird [Brushfire Records 2011]
  21. Clap Your Hands and Say YeahHysterical [CYHSY 2011]
  22. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter – Marble Son [Station Grey Records 2011]
  23. Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus – Barlande [InFine 2011]
  24. Lisa Hannigan – Passenger [ATO Records 2011]
  25. Lenny KravitzBlack And White America [Atlantic Records 2011]
American Legacies
The Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3
Top Ranking Albums of September 2011

The Top Ranking Albums of April 2011

Circuital

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

  1. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Rare Bird Alert [Rounder 2011]
  2. My Morning Jacket – Circuital [ATO Records 2011]
  3. Easy Star All-Stars – First Light [Easy Star 2011]
  4. Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun [Zero Summer Records 2011]
  5. G. Love Fixin’ To Die [Brushfire Records 2011]
  6. Various ArtistsOur Favorite Beres Hammond Songs [VP Records 2011]
  7. GyptianChoices [Kingston Records 2011]
  8. Otis TaylorClovis People, Vol. 3 [Telarc 2010]
  9. Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers [Hotflush Recordings 2010]
  10. Brett DennenLoverboy [Dualtone 2011]
  11. Panda Bear Tomboy [Paw Tracks 2011]
  12. Bootsy Collins Tha Funk Capitol Of The World [Mascot 2011]
  13. Matisyahu Live At Stubbs, Vol.II[Fallen Sparks 2011]
  14. The Head and the Heart The Head And The Heart [Sub Pop Records 2011]
  15. Wye Oak Civilian [Zero Summer Records 2011]
  16. Lee “Scratch” Perry Rise Again [Mod Technologies 2011]
  17. Stockholm SyndromeApollo [Response Records 2011]
Rare Bird Alert
Crooks & Lovers
First Light
The Top Ranking Albums of April 2011

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector focuses on the fusion of hip hop, rap, and reggae music.

Notorious B.I.G. – B.I.G. Live In Jamaica Intro)

Notorious B.I.G. & Diana King – Respect

Horseman & Prince Fatty – Insane In The Brain

Ini Kamoze – Listen Me Tic

Eazy-E – Nobody Move

Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Nah Mean

Notorious B.I.G. & Bob MarleyHold Ya Head

Heavy D – Sincere

Chali 2na, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley – Guns Up

Slightly Stoopid – Runnin’ With A Gun

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Food For The Masses

Guerilla Black & Beenie Man  – Compton

Fat Joe, Buju Banton, & Fat Joe – Good Times

Mr. Cheeks, Big Youth, & Tarrus Riley – Five Days

Bob Marley & The Roots – Burnin’ and Lootin’

Beyonce & Sean Paul – Baby Boy

Wayne Marshall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – Go Harder

KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions – 9Mm Goes Bang

B-Real & Wayne Smith – Under Mi Sleng Teng (DJ Muggs Remix)

Cypress Hill – What’s Your Number?

Rahzel & Sean Paul – Top of the Game

Guru, Barrington Levy, & Jigsy King – One 4 Me

Nas & Spragga Benz – This Is The Way

Slightly Stoopid – Killin’ Me Deep Inside

Cherine Anderson, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ssay Hey (I Love You)

Seeed – Release

Kriss Kross, Sean Paul, & Super Cat – Jump (Reggae Remix)

T-Pain, Chris Brown, & T.O.K. – Kiss Kiss (Reggae Remix)

Notorious B.I.G. & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Welcome to Jamrock (Rob Dinero Remix)

Spice 1 – East Bay Gangster

Wyclef Jean, Redman, & Beenie Man – Love Me Now (Rockwilder Remix)

The Fugees – No Woman, No Cry

Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Chali 2Na Fish, Half Pint, Ives, & Tippa Irie – Life Goes On

Big Pun & Beenie Man – Make Me Sweat

Collie Buddz & Paul Wall – What A Feeling

Chali 2na & Slightly Stoopid – Just Thinking

Supercat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip-Hop Remix)

Nas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley – Road To Zion

Biz Markie & Elephant Man – Let Me See U Bounce

Guru & Bob Marley – Johnny Was

Mims, Cham, & Junior Reid – This Is Why I’m Hot (Blackout Remix)

Black Sheep & Half Pint – Level The Vibes

Guru & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley  – Stand Up (Some Things’ll Never Change)

K-Os – Superstar, Pt. 1

Seeed – Ocean’s

KRS-One & Shabba Ranks – The Jam

Yung Berg & Collie Buddz – Lonely

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Bobby Brown – Beautiful

Slightly Stoopid – Everything You Need

Michael Franti & Steel Pulse – Black Enough

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love

Bun B & Sean Kingston – That’s Gangsta

Q-Tip & Capleton – Original Man

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Pray For Grace

Rakim & Bob Marley – Concrete Jungle

Elephant Man, Wyclef Jean, Assassin, Swizz Beatz, Yung Joc, & Diddy – Five-0 (Remix)

K’Naan & Damian Marley – I Come Prepared

Kid Cudi & Collie Buddz – Day and Nite

Slightly Stoopid – Breakbeat

The Grouch, Eligh , & Slightly Stoopid – People of the Sun

Lil Wayne, Nas, & Damian Marley – My Generation

Chuck D & Bob Marley – Survival

Alicia Keys & Junior Reid – No One (Remix)

Guru & Ini Kamoze – Who Goes There

Lil Jon, Stephen Marley, & Damian Marley – On De Grind

Seeed – Can’t Hold Me

Bob Marley, Mr. Cheeks, & The Lost Boys – Gultiness

Capleton – East Coast to the West Coast

Ini Kamoze – Ballistic Affair

Shabba Ranks – Rough Life

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Comin’ To Gitcha

Supercat, Puff Daddy, & Notorious BIG – Dolly My Baby (Remix)

Guru & Slightly Stoopid – The Otherside

Matisyahu – Smash Lies

Kardinal Offishall – Nina

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Light Up Ya Lighter

Half Pint, Barrington Levy, & Dres of Black Sheep – Level The Vibes

SOJA – Not Done Yet

Snoop Dogg, Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Traffic Jam (Remix)

Busta Rhymes, Flipmode Squad, & Bob Marley – Rastaman Chant

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter

Kardinal Offishal & Rihanna – Numba 1 (Tide Is High)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Listener Supported

Baby Cham – Ghetto Story

Baby Cham & Alicia Keys – Ghetto Story Chapter 2

Baby Cham & Akon – Ghetto Story Chapter 3

Missy Elliott, Vybz Kartel, & M.I.A. – Bad Man

K’Naan, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space

Elephant Man, Twista, Young Bloodz, & Kiprich – Jook Gal

Wyclef Jean – Redemption Songs

Foxy Brown, Morgan Heritage, & Spragga Benz – We Set The Pace

M.I.A. – Galang (South Rakkas Remix)

Jay-Z & Mavado – On the Rock

Daara J – Hip Hop Civilization

Lady Saw, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Shake It

Rahzel, Shaggy, & Toots & the Maytals – Bam Bam

Eve, Stephen Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – No, No, No

The Fugees – Fu Gee La [Sly & Robbie Remix]

Collie Buddz & Krayzie Bone – Defend Your Own

Ini Kamoze – Hotter This Year (Hot Steppa Remix)

DMX, Mr. Vegas, & Sean Paul – The Boom

Missy Elliott & Lady Saw – Mr. DJ

Handsome Boy Modeling School, Barrington Levy, Del tha Funkyhomosapien, & Alex Kapranos – The World’s Gone Mad

Slightly Stoopid – Somebody

Ernest Ranglin, Michael Franti & Spearhead – I Got Plenty O’ Nothin’

ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, Migos, & Shabba Ranks – Shabba

Ini Kamoze – Hole In Ya Head

Heavy D & The Boys – Mood For Love

Chali 2na & Beenie Man – International

Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, & Spliff Star – Make It Clap (Remix)

B-Real & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Fire

Foxy Brown & Mavado – We’re On Fire

Slightly Stoopid – Officer

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hello Bonjour

Queen Latifah & Serani – If He Wanna

Wyclef Jean – Jaspora

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan (Hip Hop Mix)

Kardinal Offishall & Akon – Dangerous

South Park Mexican – Pass Da Killaz

Wyclef Jean & Sizzla  – Welcome To The East

Yung Berg, Collie Buddz, & Eve – Victory Lap

Lil Jon, Ice Cube, The Game, & Elephant Man – Killas

Foxy Brown & Demarco – She Wanna Rude Bwoy

Shawnna & Kardinal Offiishal – Block Reincarnated (Remix)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hey World (Remote Control Version)

Seeed – Goldmine

Flo Rida & Sean Kingston – Roll

Rihanna & T.I. – Live Your Life

Juelz Santana, D.E.Y., & Sean Kingston – There’s Nothin

Michael Franti & Spearhead – All I Want Is You

NEED

Doug E. Fresh – Freaks

Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Cypress Hill Remix)

Ini Kamoze & GuruInsert A (Mental Relaxation)/Medicine (Medley)

Usher & the Bombist – Love In This Club (Marvel Riddim)

Kardinal Offishall, Akon, & Sean Paul Dangerous (Remix)

E-40, B-Legit, & Rankin Scroo Bust Yo Shit

Junior Reid & Bun B If It Was Up To Me

Snoop Dogg, B-Real, & the Bombist – Vato (Lightaz Up Riddim)

Barrington Levy, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Kardinal OffishallNo War

Mary J. Blige & the Bombist – Family Affair

Wu-Tang Clan & Junior Reid – One Blood Under W

T-Pain, Akon, & the Bombist – The Bartender (Soprano Riddim)

Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Akon, & the Bombist – Sweetest Girl (Soprano Riddim)

The Fugees – Fu Gee La Rock (Guantanamo Camp Remix)

Chris Brown, TI, T-Pain, & the Bombist – I’m A Flirt (Dis Ya Time Riddim)

E-40 & Rankin ScrooAct A Ass

Junior Reid & Lil Wayne Rappapompom

Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes, & Shaggy The Way We Roll

The Fugees & Stephen Marley No Woman, No Cry (Remix)

Alicia KeysNo One (Curtis Lynch Reggae Remix)

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
The Top Albums of October 2009

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009

Eek-A-Mouse image

Saturday at Austin City Limits the rain came down and drenched Zilker Park. Festival goers went undeterred as the puddles turned into seas of mud. The first band I saw was Mute Math, who played a mean version of 
”Spotlight.” MUTE MATH mashes electronica and hard rock. These New Orleans musicians are excellent entertainers putting on quite the show. Lead singer and keyboardist Paul Meany literally did flips while playing his keys. Also MUTE MATH has a wonderful collection of interesting instruments from space-age synthesizers to wild effects pedal boards. Following Mute Math, I caught part of Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts‘s set under the tent. I heard someone describe Sam Roberts as the Canadian Bruce Springsteen and certainly the comparison seemed apt.

The rain really started to fall as Citizen Cope took the main stage. Despite the rain Citizen Cope served up some spectacular music. His laid back flip-flop rock lightened the mood with   “Back Together“
  and
  “107°.”   And a mean version of the protest song “Bullet And A Target”  brought energy to the wet crowd.
 Clarence Greenwood aka Citizen Cope capped the set with the ballad  “Sideways.”

Next Jamaican reggae superstar Eek-A-Mouse filled the Wildflower tent with reggae lovers and good vibes.  This unique singjay performed his smash hit  “Ganja Smuggling”  to a most appreciative audience. Interesting enough the Mouse also performed a cover of Dolly Parton‘s classic country song
 “Jolene.”  It was amazing. The Mouse soaked up the Texas outlaw sound dropping gun-slinging rhymes and rawhide whips.
 Eek-A-Mouse is quite the entertainer demanding crowd participation and ensuring sweet reggae grooves. With the crowd shouting “Irie” the Mouse dropped the reggae classic  “Wa-Do-Dem” and closed with  “Sensi Party.”

Mos Def performed on the AMD stage playing a red hot version of 
”Casa Bey”  from the new album The Ecstatic. The Brooklyn rapper also covered one of Bobby Brown‘s love songs “Roni.”  The smooth voice and bass heavy beats of this young rhyme sayer leaves fans bobbing their heads.

Mos Def image

Devotchka turned out to be the highlight of the evening. In fact, I consider Devotchka to be the nicest surprise at the festival this year. I knew certain bands would kick ass. But I wasn’t even planning on seeing Devotchka until some of my friends talked me into seeing them. The Denver-based band of gypsies rocked and rollicked. One amazing performing burlesque artist glided above stage on a giant red curtain. Devotchka includes multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass), and percussionist Shawn King. I highly recommend seeing this band. You will not be let down. Their music is beautiful and fun. One of my friends said she liked to listen to this band when she cleaned. I can see why. It doesn’t matter if your are cleaning or standing in the mud Devotchka deserves a listen.

Devotchka image

The Dave Matthews Band headlined Saturday night. The group played my favorite song off the new album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King entitled  “Funny The Way It Is.” Also from the new album the boys kicked out “Shake Me Like A Monkey” and “Spaceman.”  The Dave Matthews Band played some classic tracks, including “Jimi Thing” and
 “Cornbread.”
 And after a brilliant cover version of the Talking Heads song “Burning Down The House,” launched into the crowd pleasers
 “So Much To Say,”  
”Ants Marching,” and  “Two Step.”

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009

The Top Albums of September 2009

The Top Albums of September 2009

The masterful singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie told stories with his music. He sang songs about the plight of immigrants, farmers, and workers. He told the story of America. He represented the common man. This new collection of Woody Guthrie music is superb. It contains everything from the well-known mainstream hits “This Land Is Your Land,” “Going Down The Road (I Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way),” and “Hard Ain’t It Hard” to some of  politically charged ballads like “Tear The Facists Down,” “You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union,” and “Jesus Christ.”

The legendary folk singer mastered the folk hero ballads like “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Stackolee,” “John Henry,” and “Harriet Tubman’s Ballad Part 1.” The collection contains fun classic folk songs “More Pretty Girls Than One,””Brown’s Ferry Blues,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” and captures the storytelling abilities of the man with tunes like “The Sinking Of The Reuben James.”

Furthermore Woody Guthrie had an extensive catalog with wonderful children songs like “My Daddy (Flies A Ship In The Sky) and magnificent New Deal era tales of bringing power and jobs to the country in celebratory tales like “Grand Coulee Dam.” This is an  amazing collection with good quality sound. In this new era of economic hardships the sounds of the Great Depression and New Deal seem to be a perfect soundtrack for the “Hard Travelin’” ahead.

  1. Woody Guthrie My Dusty Road [Rounder 2009]
  2. PhishJoy [Jemp Records 2009]
  3. Soja – Born In Babylon [DMV Records]
  4. Willie Nelson American Classic [Blue Note 2009]
  5. Polvo – In Prism [Merge Records 2009]
  6. Casual Sax Baby I’m Black [Wonder Sound 2009]
  7. Pearl JamBackspacer [2009]
  8. A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose [Fat Possum Records 2009]
  9. Jay-ZThe Blueprint 3 [Roc Nation 2009]
  10. PitbullRebelution [Jive 2009]
  11. Rodrigo y Gabriella 11:11 [ATO Records 2009]
  12. John FogertyThe Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again [Verve Forecast 2009]
  13. Busy Signal Hott Ed [Greensleeves 2009]
  14. The Black Crowes Before The Frost…Until The Freeze [Silver Arrow Records 2009]
  15. Yonder Mountain String Band The Show [Frog Pad Records 2009]

File:Woody Guthrie NYWTS.jpg


The Top Albums of September 2009

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009

July 2009

  1. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Explicit] [Downtown 2009]
  2. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  3. Slaid CleavesEverything You Love Will Be Taken Away [Music Road 2009]
  4. Zee AviZee Avi[Brushfire Records 2009]
  5. Lady Saw Extra Raw: The First Lady of Dancehall [VP Records 2009]
  6. AswadCity Lock [Rhythm Riders 2009]
  7. Rhett MillerRhett Miller [Shout! Factory 2009]
  8. Mishka Above The Bones [J.K. Livin Records 2009]
  9. Bob DylanTogether Through Life [Columbia 2009]
  10. MicachuJewellery [Rough Trade 2009]
  11. ScientistInternational Heroes Dub [Tameki Wambesi Dove 2009]
  12. Mojo Morgangot Mojo? [Gedion Soldiers 2009]
  13. The LemonheadsVarshons [The End Records 2009]
  14. The AggrolitesIV [Hellcat 2009]
  15. The Low Anthem Oh My God Charlie Darwin [Nonesuch 2009]
  16. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Sweet [VP Records 2009]
  17. Dinosaur Jr.Farm [Jagjaguwar 2009]
  18. Ryan Bingham & the Dead HorsesRoadhouse Sun (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  19. EminemRelapse [Explicit] [Aftermath Records 2009]
  20. Jason LytleYours Truly, The Commuter [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  21. Todd SniderThe Excitement Plan [Yep Roc Records 2009]
  22. Son VoltAmerican Central Dust [Rounder Records 2009]
  23. Mos DefThe Ecstatic [Downtown 2009]
  24. Levon HelmElectric Dirt [Amazon Exclusive] [Vanguard 2009]
  25. Tanya MorganBrooklynati [Explicit] [Independent Media/iM Culture 2009]
  26. DoomBorn Like This. [Explicit] [Lex Records 2009]
  27. Laura IzibiLet The Truth Be Told [Deluxe] [Atlantic 2009]
  28. J Dilla Jay Stay Paid [Explicit] [Nature Sounds 2009]
  29. St. Vincent Actor (Amazon Exclusive) [4AD 2009]
  30. Matthew Sweet & Susanna HoffsUnder The Covers: Vol. 2 [Shout! Factory 2009]
  31. WilcoWilco [The Album] [Nonesuch 2009]

Diplo and Switch present Major Lazer‘s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do with special guests Santogold, Mr. Lex, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Mr Vegas, and many more. The creative DJ/producer duo amalgamates and mashes up tunes sampling from soca, calypso, merengue, and reggae, dropping fat beats, gun blasts, reggae air horns, and choice samples. An example of one of the more interesting and creative cuts is “Baby,” which adds an auto-tune to a crying baby. The killer reggae track on this work is “Can’t Stop Now,” which features Mr. Vegas and Jovi Rockwell. The harmonic Rockwell and Mr. Vegas create an easy-sounding classic reggae track among the hard-pounding dance jams. The track “Hold The Line” samples surf guitars from Dick Dale And His Del-Tones classic “Misirlou,” adding heavy beats and the vocal duo of Mr. Lex and Santogold. Some of my personal favorites on this album include the rough shod “Bruk Out” featuring T.O.K and Ms. Thing; “Cash Flow” featuring the roots reggae flavor of Jah Dan; “Anything Goes” with chaotic verses from Turbulance; and the dancehall sensation Vybz Kartel working “Pon De Floor.”

Chali 2Na‘s Fish Outta Water snap, crackles, and pops. A guest appearances by the Marley Brothers, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, on the cut “Guns Up” piles deep booming funky fresh rhymes over a sweet melodic reggae chorus peppered by a Jr. Gong flow. The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man joins Chali 2Na on the tune “International” for searing dancehall reggae/hip-hop fusion. I found the single “Lock Shit Down” with Talib Kweli appealing and the track “Comin’ Thru” to be a hip-hop jam.

Texas songwriters Slaid Cleaves, Rhett Miller, and Ryan Bingham made the list this month. The Austin-based musician Slaid Cleaves sings heart-wrenching ballads playing Texas country music like it should be played. The song “Cry” on the album Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away will rip out your heart and have you reaching for the bottle of whiskey. American folk legend Bob Dylan dropped the new album Together Through Life featuring the ominous dark-sounding hit single “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’.

Zee Avi and Mishka add international flavors to the best albums of July, providing fun flip-flop rock and reggae sounds for the summertime. Jack Johnson‘s Brushfire Records handpicked Zee Avi for the label where she fits well with the laid back surfer motive. The Malaysian-born ukulele player’s new album is self titled Zee Avi. Reggae-drenched Canadian/Bermudian seafarer Mishka is the new artist appearing on Matthew McConaughey’s record label JK Livin Records. Mishka’s new album Above The Bones provides good summer tunes and positive vibes.

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009